Tarangire National Park provides a lesser known, authentic safari experience on the Northern Circuit. It is most famous for its elephant migration which takes place among a fairytale forest of giant baobab and acacia trees. Joining them are lions in the trees, cheetahs in the grass, and an abundance of life around the river. With a game viewing area covering approximately 2 850 km2, and a concentration of game that is exceptional from July through to October, this seasonal Tanzania safari park is a surprise package on the Northern safari circuit, especially if you love elephants!
Tarangire has huge concentrations of animals in the peak months and a fraction of the visitor numbers of any of the other Northern parks. From July through to October safaris here are superb, and the atmosphere and habitats are completely different from other parks. The African wild dog, kudu, oryx and gerenuk, rarely found in other parks in the northern circuit, can also be found here, along with arguably the best bird diversity in Africa. More than 550 species are attracted to its vibrant swamps. During the dry season from August to October, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals of any of Tanzania's renowned national parks.
Tarangire is surprisingly large, giving visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in the region. The South of Tarangire is especially quiet, and lodges such as Swala and Oliver's Camp are the perfect place to explore this remote area, and to really get away from any other travellers. The park also offers night game drives and walking safaris adjacent to the park. Overall, a superb little park that offers great value and a seriously good option for getting away from it all.
4.7 / 5
The middle and end of the Dry season, from late June to October, is the best time for wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park. Most of the animals migrate out of the park during the Wet season, and wildlife viewing is considerably less productive.
June to October (Animals congregate around the Tarangire River)
June to October
April and May
June to October (Little rainfall)
March and April (Peak of Wet season)
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